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We received more than 700 written submissions from the Victorian community. These came from a diverse range of individuals and groups, including renters, rental providers (landlords), industry groups and advocates.
We are currently finalising the review of these submissions. The start date of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018 has been delayed due to coronavirus (COVID-19), with the amendments to be introduced by 1 January 2021, rather than the original date 1 July 2020. The timelines for the finalised regulations will also be revised.
The submissions will be published on this website. We will also publish a statement setting out the reasons for the direction taken in the final form of the Regulations. The statement will respond to the key issues raised in submissions.
The proposed Residential Tenancies Regulations 2020 contain supporting details about changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. They are based on feedback the Victorian community gave during the Fairer Safer Housing consultation. We consulted with key government, community and industry stakeholders about the proposed Regulations.
The Regulations will affect rental providers (landlords) and the 1.5 million Victorians living in rental housing. This includes:
- private rental housing
- public and social housing
- rooming houses
- caravan parks
- residential parks.
The Regulations will include things like:
- what rental minimum standards will look like
- modifications renters can make to rental properties
- updates to some forms for renters and rental providers. We prepared sample copies of three of these forms to show what they will look like.
We also prepared a Regulatory Impact Statement. It assessed the impact of the proposed Regulations on the community, including the costs and benefits of any alternative options.
All submissions will be published on this website. If you made an anonymous submission, your name will not be published.
A note on terms used in the Regulations
The proposed Regulations and the Regulatory Impact Statement use new terms that will apply from 1 January 2021. These are:
- renters – currently called tenants
- rental providers – currently called landlords
- rental agreements – currently called tenancy agreements
- rooming house operators – currently called rooming house owners.
A statement assessing the impact of the proposed regulations on the community, including the costs and benefits of any alternative options.
Optional guiding questions to help you prepare your submission.
A letter confirming the Regulatory Impact Statement is suitable for public consultation.
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Privacy collection notice
The purpose of this online engagement is to consult with the public on a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for the proposed Residential Tenancies Regulations 2020 (the Regulations). The consultation is being conducted by Regulation Policy and Governance Services (RPGS) within the Department of Justice and Community Safety.
As part of the consultation, the department is required to publish the proposed Regulations and RIS and invite public comments or submissions for a minimum of 28 days. This is required under the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 and the Victorian Guide to Regulation.
The department is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws.
The information you provide in your comment or submission will be considered by the department in providing advice to the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation to finalise the proposed Regulations.
To ensure a transparent process, comments and submissions will be published under your name and, where relevant, your organisation’s name on the Engage Victoria platform. Your email, home or business address and personal contact number will not be published. Comments and submissions will also be provided to the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee (SARC) of Parliament after the Regulations are made, in accordance with the requirements of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994.
If you wish to make an anonymous submission or do not wish to provide your personal information, we will not be able to identify your comment or submission if you wish to access it, make a correction or require technical support.
Comments or submissions which consist of allegations or complaints against individuals, and are not comments on the proposed Regulations, will not be published. In these instances, the complaint will be referred for assessment and advice to the relevant area within Consumer Affairs Victoria if appropriate. You may access the information you have provided to the department for this consultation by contacting RPGS: firstname.lastname@example.org